Located on the top of a hill overlooking the Pacific Ocean in the city of Oarai lies the Oarai Isosaki Shrine. Founded in 856 A.D., it was destroyed during the wars of 1558-1570, but rebuilt since then and is now the most important shrine in the area. Being so close to the ocean means that is associated with sea faring and ships, and there is also a ship museum on the shrine grounds. However, when I visited a few weeks ago the shrine was undergoing major renovations so I could not see half of it. More photos to come though!
The last of the Torinoichi visit photographs for this year. It is a great tradition to watch, for both locals and tourists, with the clapping, the rhythmic chanting, the colorful and over the top kumade decorations on sale and of course the food stands selling everything from grilled fish to bottles of beer. If you missed it this year you can set your alarm clocks for the 2015 dates, starting one minute past midnight on November 5th, 17th and 29th. Enjoy!
Having hurried all the way to Asakusa and then down all the way back to Shibuya on the last day of this year’s Torinoichi market, it was time to go up to Shinjuku and visit the most festive of the Torinoichi markets, at Hanazono Shrine. I have blogged about this one many times before, as it is the most accessible of all the markets. This year’s second market day was even busies than last year when we had three, and since it was on a Saturday it was even busier still!